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French Cinema, American Debate

America has long had a love/hate relationship with the French. They helped us out with that whole Revolutionary War thing and gave us that pretty lady statue that stands out in the middle of New York Harbor. On the other hand, we mock them as being snotty, smelly socialists who drink and smoke too much. Still, French culture holds an almost irresistible allure for us, and there is no better way to explore that allure than through the cinema. Florida Atlantic University (777 Glades Road, Boca Raton) is hosting a French Film Festival with movies every Wednesday through April 11. Today at 5:30 p.m., catch a screening and discussion of the film “Un Prophete” (“A Prophet”), which follows a 19-year-old French-Arab, Malik, as he enters prison and is faced with a world of corruption and racism. Each of the films will be followed by a discussion and debate of issues such as feminism, homosexuality, religion, and racism. For a schedule of films and times, visit or call 561-297-2533.
Wed., March 21, 5:30 p.m., 2012
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Rebecca McBane is the arts and culture/food editor for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. She began her journalism career at the Sun Sentinel's community newspaper offshoot, Forum Publishing Group, where she worked as the editorial assistant and wrote monthly features as well as the weekly library and literature column, "Shelf Life." After a brief stint bumming around London's East End (for no conceivable reason, according to her poor mother), she returned to real life and South Florida to start at New Times as the editorial assistant in 2009. A native Floridian, Rebecca avoids the sun and beach at all costs and can most often be found in a well-air-conditioned space with the glow of a laptop on her face.
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